FairPoint Makes Progress In Extending Broadband

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(Host) FairPoint Communications says it’s extended high-speed broadband access to almost 90 percent of its customers.

The company faced a state-imposed deadline last week to expand the number of people who can get fast connections on their computers.

FairPoint’s Sabina Haskell says the company is pleased with its turnaround.

(Haskell) "When FairPoint came into Vermont in 2008, 66 percent of our customers had broadband access."

(Host) FairPoint just barely missed meeting the state’s requirements.

Haskell says this spring’s flooding along Lake Champlain prevented FairPoint from completing the project in Grand Isle and St. Albans. That was because equipment that the company needed to work on was underwater. Those exchanges will be connected by the end of this month.

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